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Banner Children’s GO KIDS! program offers healthy ‘Family Challenge’
Participate March 16 through April 13 for chance to win family trip to LEGOLAND® California
PHOENIX (March 9, 2015) – The Banner Children’s GO KIDS! program is challenging families to stay active and eat right during its four-week Family Challenge. The challenge will take place March 16 through April 13.

Cheermobile to collect toy donations for Banner Children's patients
Toys to raise spirits of Banner Children’s patients during holidays
MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Banner Children’s invites Valley residents to help spread cheer to young hospital patients by donating toys which will be used during this holiday season and throughout next year. The brightly decorated Cheermobile will travel around the Valley leading up to the Christmas holiday, collecting donations for the toy closets at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Nine Banner Health hospitals earn ‘Top Performer’ recognition for clinical quality, patient safety   
PHOENIX (Nov. 18, 2014) – The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, has announced that nine Banner Health hospitals in three states have been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. These Banner facilities were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and/or Surgical Care. The Banner facilities are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center expanding to serve children in the Valley
PHOENIX. – (Nov. 13, 2014)  Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud to announce the addition of pediatric cancer care for Arizona’s children.  Banner Children’s MD Anderson Cancer Center will open in 2015 at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. This program will provide a new level of cancer care to Arizona’s children through Banner’s unique affiliation with this world-renown cancer leader that offers state-of-the art pediatric cancer care through the most advanced treatment protocols.

Banner Children’s to host free GO KIDS! Festival for kids, families on Nov. 1
PHOENIX (Oct. 22, 2014) – Banner Children’s will host its GO KIDS! Festival at Mesa Community College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Kids and families are invited to this free event where they can engage in activities and conversations with experts to improve their overall health. (Don’t worry, we promise that it will be lots of fun!)

‘Banner Children’s Healthmobile’ to treat thousands of uninsured Valley youth
PHOENIX (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health soon will resume offering its ongoing mobile health unit which will travel to schools throughout the Valley each week, providing primary care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children. The new service begins Monday, Oct. 13.

Banner Thunderbird receives prestigious stroke care award 
PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 5, 2014) – Several Banner Health facilities in Arizona have received a prestigious stroke award in recognition of their ability to better diagnose and treat stroke patients, to reduce death and disability among patients and to speed recovery.

Project for Kids to Blanket Valley Airwaves with Clear Channel's Support
Clear Channel Phoenix to Hold Second Annual Radiothon for Banner Children’s
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Phoenix today unveiled Project for Kids, its second annual radiothon and fundraising event for Banner Children’s. The five-hour live broadcast will enlist community support for pediatric healthcare programs at Banner Children’s, and will air  on all eight Clear Channel Phoenix radio stations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center holds Outpatient Rehabilitation Department Open House  
GLENDALE (Dec. 20, 2013) – The Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is holding an open house for the community, former patients, physicians and employees from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services
GILBERT, AZ (Jan. 2, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has expanded its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which also provides pediatric care at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This began on Jan. 1.

Students holding toy drive to support Banner Thunderbird toy closet
GLENDALE, AZ (Nov. 15, 2013) – During the month of November, the Boulder Creek High School Spiritline will hold a toy drive, collecting new toys to donate to the toy closets at the Glendale hospital. Students are requesting donations of new toys, appropriate for girls and boys of all ages up to 17 years of age.

Banner Health successfully acquired full ownership of Ambulatory Surgery Center
GLENDALE, AZ (Oct. 31, 2013) – Banner Health has acquired full ownership of the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) on the campus of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, effective on Oct. 29. With this change, the ASC has successfully completed its transition in becoming the Banner Thunderbird Outpatient Surgery Department.

Banner Thunderbird continues art-themed support group for cancer patients
GLENDALE, AZ (Oct. 11, 2013) – “In Living Color,” an art themed support group, is returning to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through the month of October starting on Oct. 10.

‘Lilly Oncology on Canvas’ art exhibition comes to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
GLENDALE, AZ (Oct. 4, 2013) – Lilly Oncology on Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, from Oct. 7 to 18.

Banner Thunderbird continues free “I Can Cope” series
GLENDALE, AZ (Oct. 4, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will continue its “I Can Cope” series from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 28. The free community lecture “Managing Effects of Illness and Treatment” will be presented by oncology nurse RuthAnn Foth, RN, and pain management specialist Charissa Elliot, BSN, RN-BC.

Banner Thunderbird hosts free stroke lecture
GLENDALE, AZ (Oct. 3, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will encourage community conversations about stroke, and what residents can do for treatment once signs and symptoms are recognized in preparation for World Stroke Day on Oct. 29. Staff will host “Let’s Talk about Stroke” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Oct. 17 in Conference Room 6 at the nonprofit hospital.

Banner Thunderbird celebrates 30 years serving Glendale community
Glendale, AZ (Oct. 2, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will be  celebrating its 30th anniversary with a free community health fair/anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the hospital’s campus, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale.

Banner Thunderbird continues free Heart Health lecture series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will host a free community lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event continues the nonprofit hospitals Heart Health community lecture series and will discuss prevention and treatment for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).

Ambulatory Surgery Center at Banner Thunderbird to transition to hospital outpatient surgery department
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 16, 2013) – Banner Health is acquiring full ownership of the ambulatory surgery center on the campus of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Banner Thunderbird helps cancer patients deal with cosmetic issues
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 27, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is helping cancer patients deal with the changes to skin and hair that they may be dealing with by hosting “Look Good …. Feel Better.”

Free asthma checks offered by Banner Children’s 
MESA and GLENDALE, Ariz. (June 4, 2013) – Banner Health will be offering free asthma screenings at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center on select days throughout the summer.

Banner Health expands partnership with The CORE Institute
PHOENIX (April 17, 2013) – Banner Health is expanding its partnership with The CORE Institute, bringing the “Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics” to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.

Ask the expert lecture highlights timely topic
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 8, 2013) – A recent study found only one-third of women in the U.S. who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer receive adequate care or treatment. Dr. Shana Wingo will present a free community lecture on ovarian cancer at 6 p.m. on May 14 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

Banner Thunderbird health event for teens  
“Keepin’ it Real” event for teens and parents provides solutions and support
GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2013) – Teenagers can have a difficult time coping with stress caused by all aspects of their life including school, relationships and family. Parents can have a difficult time too watching stresses build up for their teens who are no longer children, but not yet young adults.

Banner Thunderbird opens breast cancer clinic  
New and unique approach reduces stress, speeds up treatment
GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2013) – A diagnosis of breast cancer is frightening enough without the added stress that often comes with trying to secure appointments with busy specialists and determining what treatment options are available.

Cancer support group uses art for healing
GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2013) – “Art heals” is a phrase Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is putting into action with its art-themed cancer support group, In Living Color.

‘Look Good…Feel Better’ helps cancer patients
GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 18, 2013) – A free program for cancer patients, “Look Good…Feel Better,” will offer cosmetology tips from 6 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s 3A Conference Room, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road.

Banner Thunderbird opens Breast Cancer Clinic
GLENDALE, Ariz. (March 14, 2013) – To help reduce the stress associated with a breast cancer diagnosis and help accelerate the treatment of the cancer, Banner Thunderbird has opened a Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic for women and men with breast cancer.

Enter Banner Children's Fit Kid Family Challenge  
MESA, Ariz. (Feb. 22, 2013) – As part of its effort to promote healthy lifestyles, Banner Children’s is searching for the 2013 Fit Kid Family – a Valley family that is dedicated to being active and healthy this year.

Banner Thunderbird plans stroke support group 
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center invites stroke survivors and their loved ones to attend a free stroke support group open to residents in the Northwest Valley. The group will be meeting from 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Navajo Room on the west side of the hospital’s campus at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.

Preventing falls is a “Matter of Balance” and confidence 
PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2012) – One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall every year, and it’s an issue that is largely preventable.  The fear of falling can actually make some people more vulnerable to falls. That’s why Banner Health will be hosting “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” a series of fall prevention workshops designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels at six of its facilities in the Valley.

Banner Thunderbird continues Heart Health lecture series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 28, 2012) - Banner Thunderbird continues its Heart Health Community Lecture Series 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 with a session entitled “Access Your Community: Local Resources for People with Medical Needs.”

Banner Thunderbird pediatric unit receives Wii donation
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2012) – Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is donating Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ to children’s hospitals in Glendale, Phoenix and Tucson as part of its Childhood Cancer Program. Starlight Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibition
on Display at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 10, 2012) – Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

'Managing Effects of Illness and Treatment'
Banner Thunderbird offers the second in 'I Can Cope' series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 8, 2012) – On Monday, Oct. 22, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will continue its “I Can Cope” series by presenting a free community lecture titled “Managing Effects of Illness and Treatment.” Presenters will be RuthAnn Foth, RN, OCN, and pain management specialist Nancy Kohlerman, FNP-BC. The session is facilitated by Kelly Gruber, the hospital’s oncology social worker.

Banner Health sponsors Power over Parkinson’s Conference
PEORIA, Ariz. (Sept.18, 2012) –  More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected with Parkinson’s Disease, which is a disorder in the body’s central nervous system. Banner Health is partnering with the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association to bring an educational event to the Valley. The 2012 Power Over Parkinson’s Community Educational Conference is slated for 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

Banner Thunderbird offers the first in 'I Can Cope' series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 10, 2012) – On Monday, Sept. 24, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will begin its “I Can Cope” series by presenting a free community lecture titled “Learning About Cancer and Understanding Treatment.” Presenters will be Manpreet Chadha, MD, Medical Oncologist, and Kurt Wharton, MD, Radiation Oncologist. The session is facilitated by Kelly Gruber, the hospital’s oncology social worker.

Banner Thunderbird receives top marks from U.S. News
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 29, 2012) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was listed among the top 5 hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Additionally, Banner Thunderbird was recognized for having eight high-performing specialties. 

Banner Health announces plan to create trauma centers at its Valley hospitals
PHOENIX (June 15, 2012) - Banner Health has announced plans to create trauma centers of varying levels at its Valley hospitals, a decision that will help ensure that trauma patients are better able to receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place.

Banner Thunderbird to unveil Fun Center for pediatric patients in their Children’s Center
GLENDALE, Ariz. (June. 14, 2012) – Banner Thunderbird’s Children’s Center is the recipient of a Starlight Fun Center, a mobile game console created by Los Angeles-based Starlight Children’s Foundation and paid for by a gift from the Sundt Foundation, a division of Tempe-based Sundt Construction.

Women dealing with breast abnormalities now have less painful treatment option at Banner Thunderbird
Glendale, Ariz. (June 5, 2012) – What used to begin with the sometimes painful placement of a guide wire in a patient's breast to mark the location of a breast abnormality can now be done with a much more precise and less painful method now available at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. The procedure is called Radioactive Seed Localization, or RSL

Peds ED receives certification
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 11, 2012) –The Northwest Valley's only Children’s Center has been certified as a provider of advanced care for kids with emergencies.

Physicians at Banner Thunderbird now using ultrasound in endoscopy procedures
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 10, 2012) –Doctors at Banner Thunderbird responsible for diagnosing life-threatening digestive and lung diseases have a powerful new tool in their arsenal.

An extra set of eyes, ears will be on surgical patients recovering at Banner Thunderbird
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2012) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is the first hospital in the Valley to begin using a high-tech remote monitoring system to provide an extra layer of observation for patients recovering from surgery.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center now performing robot-assisted pediatric surgery
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 20, 2012) – Robot-assisted surgery has been an option for adults undergoing surgical procedures for several years.Now, the benefits of robotic surgery have been extended to the smallest patients at the Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center, benefits that include less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and shorter recovery times.

Banner Thunderbird Pediatric Emergency Department now open 24/7
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2012) – For the first time since Banner Thunderbird introduced a separate pediatric area within its larger emergency department, care is now available 24 hours a day in this dedicated area, marking another significant milestone in the continuing expansion of the hospital’s pediatric services.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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